“Like being on a great adventure! The journal of Isabella L. Bird exploring the Rocky Mountains. The writing is so beautiful I felt as if I were there. 3.5 ***”Linda wrote this review Monday, January 4, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book is based on letters written by a woman from England as she was traveling through the Rocky Mountains at the end of the 19th century. This was just some of her many travels and the letters are written to her sister who she was very close to. It is a slightly different view of the American West than we usually hear. She talks about the nature she was seeing as well as about the people she met, both what they were like and how they lived.”Karen N wrote this review Sunday, August 2, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A really cool piece of one English woman's personal 3 month journey through the Rocky Mountains and Colorado in the 1870's. She was the first woman to make this type of Journey into the Rocky's alone, with no escort. A rare opportunity to see through the eyes of a late 19th century English woman while she adventured through the beautiful Rocky Mountains.”Phil wrote this review Saturday, August 1, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“An interesting account of what it was like to travel in the west in the 19th century. The only disappointment is that she's a quite proper woman (thought going beyond what most proper women did, granted) and she knows that what she's writing might be published, so she holds her cards close and you can hear in her tone that she's writing for someone other than herself. Her observations are tempered and twisted by what she knows her audience will want and expect.
I think finding her personal diary would make a much better read than her letters home, but since there's no indication that one ever existed, I guess we'll take what we can get.”
“I found this book fascinating. It's edited from the letters the author wrote to her sister. The idea of an English lady traveling alone on horseback through wilderness really grabbed my imagination. I loved her descriptions of life at the time, of people's attitudes, daily lives, clothing, food, work, etc. A great history lesson, which felt like an adventure story. I hope to read more of her books.”Leah K wrote this review Friday, January 23, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great historical story. Strong Victorian woman travels the Rockies. Enjoyable read.”Pat T wrote this review Tuesday, April 15, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is interesting journal of life, sights and travel expeditions in the Rocky Mountains in another century. Written by a very out doorsy adventurous woman who travels very lightly and is sometimes not prepared for the conditions of the trail. Albeit, she never complains of discomfort, hardships or the challenging trails. Isabella Bird reveals life and sights of the Rockies of the past along with the occasional characters and families who strive to live there. It is very interesting read.”Thompa wrote this review Tuesday, November 20, 2007. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No